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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Oct 16, 2006 9:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

Greetings once again from Thailand. I am a first grade teacher with two Taylor acoustic guitars and 22 children who love to sing and rock out daily. Music and singing are a huge part of our day with such songs as: Three Little Birds and One Love by Bob Marley, Quinn the Eskimo by Dylan is our favorite to sing, Joy to the World by 3 Dog night, I Believe I Can Fly and some fun songs in Sanskrit too.

We have our Winter Concert coming up in Dec. and I would like to dive deeper into some awesome new songs, but I can’t seem to come up with any right now. The name/theme of the Winter Concert is: “Love Moves The World.”

I’m open to suggestions for songs I can teach and sing with my students in front of 100’s of people in December or just in the class daily.

Thanks in advance for your help.

If you’d like, please check out our first Podcast at: http://simplysatsang.podomatic.com

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Poster: deadmax Date: Oct 16, 2006 11:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

Here's a start from me:

Baby Beluga by Rafi

I'd like to teach the world to sing

Sing, Sing a song - the Carpenters

Candyman - from Willy Wonka - Sammy Davis Jr.

Everything is Beautiful - Ray Stevens

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Poster: taylorted Date: Oct 16, 2006 11:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

thats great in what your doing with the kids, i have 5 taylor guitars and love everyone of them!! danny's song from loggins and messina or house at pooh corner.

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Poster: dscott Date: Oct 16, 2006 6:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

How about Black Peter? ;-)

Some pleasing songs for the tykes:
Phish - "Glide"
Clapton - "Hello Old Friend"
+ pretty much anything on the Garcia/Grisman "Not for Kids Only" album.

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Poster: willowgordon Date: Oct 16, 2006 6:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

Carter Family: "Keep on the Sunny Side," "Little Darling Pal of Mine"...lots of Carter Family stuff would be suitable (might want to stay away from the murder ballads though...) :)

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Oct 16, 2006 11:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

Check out any number of tunes by Dan Zane...my three year old ranks Dan right up there with Jerry and Johnny Cash.

http://store.musicforlittlepeople.com/danzanes.html

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Poster: TulaneGDead Date: Oct 16, 2006 4:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

Domino- Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison....kids would like the "sha lah lah" parts

pretty much anything off the dead's "reckoning" album

here comes sunshine

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Poster: blacklakelight Date: Oct 16, 2006 3:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

Hey, you've heard the Langley School's Music Project album, right? With all those Canadian kids doing songs by Bowie, Wings, Beach Boys, etc? If not, you should check it out, maybe get some ideas.

Also, how about "Aiko Aiko?" You guys can make up the words like everybody else. Just find words you can force to rhyme with "bayou"

Or how about some Roger Miller? Something like "You can't rollerskate in a buffalo herd" would be easy and cool.

"Roxanne," you probably don't want to do "Roxanne" . . . .

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Poster: Simard Date: Oct 16, 2006 4:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

Time to bone up on your ol' Woody Guthrie... "Wanna go ridin' in my Car-Car?" - methinks you could use some Depression Era protest down there in the South.

"This Land is your Land."

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Poster: anagog Date: Oct 16, 2006 3:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

Being in a Beatles mood, I was thinking about:
Yellow Submarine
Octopus' Garden
Birthday
Here Comes The Sun

Good luck with your quest!

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Poster: wineland Date: Oct 16, 2006 12:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

Here are my kids' favorite cd's for singing along and dancing to. You might find some gems in there. The amazon links have samples of the songs.

Laurie Berkney: "Under a Shady Tree"
http://www.amazon.com/Under-Shady-Tree-Laurie-Berkner/dp/B00006JKGN/sr=1-4/qid=1161028351/ref=sr_1_4/002-5752454-0229667?ie=UTF8&s=musics

Putumayo Kids: "Caribbean Playground"
http://www.amazon.com/Putumayo-Kids-Presents-Caribbean-Playground/dp/B00028ZNL6/sr=1-5/qid=1161028521/ref=sr_1_5/002-5752454-0229667?ie=UTF8&s=music

Buckwheat Zydeco: "Choo Choo Boogaloo"
http://www.amazon.com/Choo-Boogaloo-Buckwheat-Zydeco/dp/B000002M6V/sr=1-1/qid=1161028633/ref=sr_1_1/002-5752454-0229667?ie=UTF8&s=music

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Poster: lastcall Date: Oct 16, 2006 3:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

My kids love a song by Toad The Wet Sprocket. "Little Man,Big Man". It's on the cd "Coil". They learned everyword after about 3 or 4 listens. Good luck with the upcoming event. Maybe if it's taped (aud or video) you can upload it to The Archive in the open source or other respective location.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Oct 16, 2006 11:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

holy cow! Thailand? Forget those CD's I was gonna $end ya! Just kidding, you never emailed me

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Poster: out_of_space Date: Oct 16, 2006 9:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

Not just for Kids might be a fun place to start - Teddy Bears' Picnic,
There Ain't No Bugs On Me, Arkansas Traveler...

Good Luck!

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Poster: kschneid Date: Oct 16, 2006 11:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

At least once, every kid should get to sing a song that rhymes lobster with mobster :-D. "A Horse Named Bill" is one of my favorites off that disc and I just loved hearing my son try to sing it - cataleptics! In general, I'm not sure the lyrics on that disc could be categorized as "positive" or "uplifting", but they sure are *fun*!

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Poster: glenn Date: Oct 16, 2006 11:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

Marvelous Little Toy from Peter, Paul and Mary's children's album: Peter, Paul and Mommy.

It is a really fun classic and probably a crowd pleaser the way you are presenting it with kids coming in on the chorus... I think it might work well for you.

"It went ZIP when it moved and
POP when it stopped, and
WHIRRRR when it stood still,
I'll never know just what it was
and I guess I never will."

I cry when I hear it, and laugh too.

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Poster: high flow Date: Oct 16, 2006 11:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

Hi - I think that ZIP, POP, WHIRR song was why they made the movie A Mighty Wind!

I like the Buckwheat Zydeco album Choo-Choo Boogaloo. You'd have to learn the songs, but they are fairly simple.

My daughter got 2 copies. I'd be happy to donate one to your cause. Send your address in Thailand and I'll ship it off to you. I'm andy@gemut.com.

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Poster: out_of_space Date: Oct 16, 2006 9:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

I'll serve up the obvious... Monkey and the Engineer.

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Oct 16, 2006 9:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

nice...

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Poster: bookends Date: Oct 16, 2006 1:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

jack johnson
talking heads/david byrne can be fun.
paul simon's later albums are good for verse/chorus workout.

all these get good rotation at house/car.

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Poster: high flow Date: Oct 16, 2006 1:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

I agree about Jack Johnson - Banana Pancakes

http://www.archive.org/details/jj2005-08-05.rmstAUD.ILJB.shnf

Nice dl here. Good quality AUD.

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Poster: wineland Date: Oct 16, 2006 1:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

Thank you! I was trying to think of the 4th cd that my kids always play. It is the Curious George soundtrack Jack Johnson released. Check out "The 3 R's" it's a reduce, reuse, recycle message. Also "The Sharing Song" is fun to sing.
http://www.amazon.com/-Longs-Lullabies-Curious-George-Johnson/dp/B000CR7RDE/sr=1-3/qid=1161031496/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3/002-5752454-0229667?ie=UTF8&s=music

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Oct 16, 2006 9:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

ripple would be great, but probably too many lyrics for such young kids.

tomorrow people - Ziggy Marley

peace train - cat stevens

will try to think of more - those just off the top of my head. probably not too useful though - sorry

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Oct 16, 2006 9:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

Thanks, that was a good start, but I need songs with short and sweet lines, like "Don't worry about a thing..." The Mighty Quinn rocks when they all come in for the chorus - I sing the verses.

Keep em comin'

sd

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Poster: mudcatbluez Date: Oct 16, 2006 3:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

How 'bout "How Sweet it is to be Loved by You"?
"Banana Pancakes" (Jack Johnson)--and, oh yeah, "War Pigs" (Black Sabbath) :-)

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Oct 16, 2006 4:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

Wow, what awesome suggestions, now I am going to have a hell of a day learning all those songs : )

I'get around to sorting them out and let you know which ones really work out well. Thanks a million for your support. And please, keep the ideas rollin in.

Yes, I will post the audio from the concert and other jams leading up to it.



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Poster: high flow Date: Oct 16, 2006 4:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Looking for Positive and Uplifting Songs for Children to Sing

DAN ZANES, DAN ZANES, DAN ZANES. He is currently THE best songwriter for kids. The true test is, can the parents actually bear to listen. Dan Zanes and Buckwheat's Choo-Choo Boogaloo fit the bill.

Go get'em....

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